Westminster dentist explains the risks of sleep deprivation symptoms

Do you realize that sleep deprivation caused by snoring is cause for concern?

snoringHave you ever been shaken awake due to your snoring? Do your kids tease you in the morning for rattling the roof tiles of the house? On a more serious note, are you still tired after a full night of sleep? Are you feeling irritable and cranky? Are you having trouble concentrating at work?

Nearly 18 million Americans snore at some point during the night while sleeping. Are you a chronic snorer? If you do snore, you are not alone with this problem. Through the course of their training, dentists today prepare to help their patient with the complications of snoring, and the affects it has on your health. Your dentist in Baltimore/Westminster can help determine if your do snore and if your health is being affected by it. You’ll want to discuss your snoring with your dentist at your next checkup if you find that you have some of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches in the morning
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Emotional strain, mood swings and irritability
  • Awaken from sleep with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Remain tired throughout the day constantly feeling you didn’t sleep enough

Why do some people snore?

Snoring is caused when the air flowing from your nose or mouth on its way to your lungs makes your airway tissues vibrate. The narrowing of your nasal airways or an obstruction in your sinuses, nose or throat will cause you to snore. The area where your tongue and throat meet the soft palate will close. When it closes, the air passage narrows, and is blocked off. This ends up disturbing the airflow causing the tissues at the back of your throat to vibrate, the more the vibration, the louder you will snore. During sleep, these tissues and muscles relax, increasing the chances of the narrowing of your airways that cause the vibrations.

Snoring has been found as a key indicator and a significant sign in diagnosing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is better known as a sleep deprivation disorder. Snoring is at the top of the list of sleep deprivation symptoms. People with sleep apnea do not usually realize they have it. Left untreated, this disorder can cause headaches, memory loss, high blood pressure and even cardiac failure which is life threatening. Apnea is a Greek word that means the interruption of breathing. When the oxygen in your blood decreases, it puts added stress on your heart and your body. Left untreated sleep apnea will continue to wear you down.

Find out what’s causing your snoring

Discuss your sleep deprivation symptoms with your dentist in Baltimore/Westminster. They will be able to determine how serious your symptoms are and if your snoring can be alleviated. Some snoring problems can be controlled with a few minor habit changes, such as sleeping on your side at night or losing a few pounds. Yet some snorers wake up gasping in the night, which is a significant problem. With a thorough oral examination, your dentist will be able to better diagnose what may be causing this phenomenon in your throat while sleeping. Here are several medical conditions that cause snoring:

  • Congestion from allergies or sinusitis
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Large tonsils, adenoids
  • Large uvula in the back of your palate
  • Micrognathia, which is a small jaw
  • Retrognathia known as a pulled back jaw
  • Sleep apnea

Find out more about sleep deprivation and snoring

People usually do not realize that they have sleep apnea. Left untreated, living with sleep deprivation can cause a multitude of problems for you during your waking hours. Are you having any of the common symptoms of a snorer? Do you wake up feeling groggy? Did you know that the lack of sleep could be extremely serious? If you would like more information on sleep deprivation symptoms, download our free E-book.

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)